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1. The ILBBQ Festival, Lake Placid, NY, July 4-6

The I Love Barbecue Festival at Lake Placid, New York, begins on Thursday, the Fourth of July, and runs through Saturday, July 6. Some of the nation’s best teams will be there, competing for the title of Grand Champion and $10,000 in prize money, including Purple Turtle Catering Company, I Smell Smoke, Philly Pigs, Hog Heaven BBQ, Lost Nation Smoke Company and Jack’s Downhome BBQ, headed by Jack McDavid, the former host of the Food Network’s Grillin’ and Chillin’.

In addition to the BBQ competition, the celebration includes live music, a motorcycle parade and, of course, lots and lots of great food, including pulled pork, ribs, brisket and pork butt—all set on Lake Placid in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains of New York. Other nearby lakes include Saranac Lake and Oseetah Lake.

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Three Romantic Lake Getaways

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Planning a Valentine’s Day trip for two or a romantic vacation, just because? For lake enthusiasts, nothing could be more ideal than a quick getaway to a lake resort. And these three lakes have just what couples want: beautiful settings; amenities with charm; and lots of activities sure to please lake lovers and other outdoorsy folk.

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The Finger Lakes are located in the beautiful wine region of central upstate New York. While this area is known for its expansive vineyards and wineries, there are a myriad of activities for the entire family to enjoy.

Educational Outings
Families with young children may want to pepper their vacation with visits to a few places that will offer some educational experience while still being fun and interesting for everyone involved. One such place would be the Corning Museum of Glass. Here, you and your family can learn about the history glass, which spans the last 35 decades, and you can even try glass blowing yourself....

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